The ultimatum to fleeing inmates of two correctional centres in Benin, the Edo State capital to return has been extended by one week.

They now have up till October 30 to return as against Friday when the initial ultimatum expired.

Special Adviser to Edo Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, stated the extension was outcome of a meeting between Governor Godwin Obaseki and heads of security agencies in the state.

He noted extension of the ultimatum was as a result of the positive response from the prisoners.

He claimed a good number of the fleeing 1,993 inmates had returned to the two correctional centres.

He pointed out the new window was to allow more prisoners to willingly return to the facilities.

Osagie also revealed with the improving security situation in Edo, Governor Godwin Obaseki had reviewed the curfew from 6 pm to 6 am daily from Saturday instead of the 4 pm to 6 am belt.

The media aide stated his boss appreciated Edo residents for strictly adhering to the directives on the curfew.

Osagie also assured Obaseki was committed to security of lives and property of Edo residents.